This book is on the history of the world's first "real" computer, ENIAC. It portrays in
fascinating ways the times, circumstamce, and the peope involved in this veritable arithmetic monster. i still can hardly believe they eventually accomplished what they did. but not only that, successor computers populated academia, govenment and business for many decades to come. it also tells a little bit about the patent law suit with a rival company and related intellectual property issues whihc is a timely topic.
it's a fascinating, interesting, deep book that every computer lover should read.
The author has a certain idea in mind of what the Sphinx and the Pyramid mean and he brings forth a series of arguments for his idea.
While I think that the idea is worthwhile considering, many of his arguments are quite doubtful and debatable. Also the writing tends to be lengthish and boring at times.
If you are an Egypt freak you might get something out of that audio book, otherwise leave it alone.
Another one of McCall-Smith's hilarious series on the German professor Moritz Maria von Igelfeld.
If the name doesn't make you laugh already, you
will do so shortly after.
The book described the adventures of the weird professor, mostly on his vacation in Italy. I think that it is a bit less funny than the "Sausage Dog" volume but still worth a read.
Don't forget the Kleenex to wipe your tears! :)
In this book, the author makes a (lengthy) argument for his main thesis, namely an explanation for why the European culture at the end of the Middle Ages (and later) appeared "superior" in some ways over many other cultures such as eg the Native Americans or peoples in Africa or Australia.
I won't tell you what his explanation is though because you should read the book for that :)
The writing is easy to follow and logical and the conclusion is convincing. It is overall entertaining and at times somewhat boring.
One keeps wondering why the author needs so many pages for something that could be explained on a few.
Despite of that, it is overall worthwhile reading and it is also a famous book so good to have it in your library.
This bio is a must read for all fans of Einstein,
all interested in physics, science, history of science, and in Einstein's theories.
Although this is the abridged version (7 vs 21 hours) you don't feel there's much left out, so much detail is contained in this book.
It covers all aspects of Einstein's life, personal as well as scientific and describes to some detail the steps of thought Einstein was going thru to develop his theories.
It should be easily understood by the non-physicist and bring insights also to the "expert".
I truly enjoyed the read and maybe some time go for the unabridged one :)
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